Front 242; Luc Van Acker, Paul Barker, and Chris Connelly performing selections of the Revolting Cocks; En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts, and Mona Mur performing selections of KMFDM | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Front 242; Luc Van Acker, Paul Barker, and Chris Connelly performing selections of the Revolting Cocks; En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts, and Mona Mur performing selections of KMFDM Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., April 17, 8 p.m. 2011

The 33 and 1/3rd anniversary of local label and cultural institution Wax Trax! is bringing several eminences from industrial music's heyday out of the woodwork. If you had to pick a single act to embody the whole industrial thing, Front 242 would be a fine choice. Their "electronic body music" represents the point at which drum machines and keyboards left glittery clubland and got into some serial-killer shit, transforming the thump of disco's 4/4 beat into something more felonious and replacing its hedonism with an unsettling cold-eyed stare. On top of that, they're just ridiculously Belgian; they've got severely slicked-down hairdos, a fashion sense defined by black turtlenecks, and push a fucked-up, art-damaged video aesthetic that the SNL skit "Sprockets" actually toned down a little. No wonder they're worshiped by everyone from Trent Reznor to that IT guy at work who still wears platform biker boots even though he's pushing 40—come on, those things are ridiculous. —Miles Raymer

I always wondered how execs for the Revco chain felt about the Revolting Cocks and their fan-favorite nickname, RevCo; there's probably a whole generation of kids who giggled every time they bought condoms at one of those drugstores. Helmed in turn by several members (heh) of the Wax Trax! family, this lewd and rude industrial band had a great run from the mid-80s through the early 90s, and has been active in spurts (heh) as recently as last year; their never-duplicated aesthetic proved that "Eurotrash" and "redneck" can be blended with unforgettable results. For this show, part of the three-day Wax Trax! Records Retrospectacle, key former RevCo players Luc Van Acker, Paul Barker, and Chris Connelly will reach into the back catalog for RevCo's best-loved pieces of Parents Music Resource Center bait; after all, none of these guys are actually on 2010's Got Cock? (13th Planet), which is just as filthy as the band's classic albums but not as funny. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $41 ($350 VIP tables), 18+.

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